Henrico Judge Reverses Himself, Says Individual Lawmakers are Subject to FOIA

A Henrico County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday reversed a ruling he issued in June, saying he made a mistake when he wrote that Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act applied only to public bodies and not to individual officials. Read more from The Richmond Times-Dispatch here.

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Editorial: Who owns our public record?

July 1, 2017
Daily Press

The state Supreme Court ruled against us this week. Not against us, the Daily Press — against us, the citizens of Virginia. Including you, gentle reader.

Yes, it was the newspaper that filed, pursued and appealed the case, which sought access to a statewide database of information abstracted from circuit court clerks' files. But the true issue is the public's right to see a record — the database — that belongs to the citizens of Virginia.

Jeff Bezos has advice for the news business: 'Ask people to pay. They will pay'


Jeff Bezos spoke at the Future of Newspapers conference in Turin, Italy.
His advice for the newspaper industry includes: Focus on readers first and ask them to pay.
"When you're writing, be riveting, be right, and ask people to pay."

Read more here: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/21/jeff-bezos-lessons-from-washington-post-f...

Editorial: Open government takes a one-two punch from Virginia courts

July 7, 2017
Bob Brown
Richmond Times-Dispatch

It’s been a rough time lately for the cause of government transparency in Virginia.

Local news outlets find an unlikely ally in the duopoly

Talk to a big publisher about Google and Facebook, and you’ll hear the strains of a dysfunctional relationship. But there’s one publishing sector that’s surprisingly having a bit of a honeymoon period: local news.